Canvas is delighted to announce the Canvas Hot Dinner series. Our reader dinner events will give Canvas diners exclusive entree to the latest restaurant openings in Auckland.

Kicking things off this month is talented chef Nick Honeyman, whose French bistro, Paris Butter, opens this month in Herne Bay.

Nick is one of New Zealand's most talented young chefs, having worked as the executive chef at the Sofitel as well as stints cooking at Everybody, The Commons and The French Cafe.

Last year Nick moved to the South of France to reinvigorate the restaurant Le Petit Leon, which he now part-owns, and in his words, "to take a fresher approach to classic French food".


He will continue to cook at Le Petit Leon each summer, and says it his childhood dream to be able to open his own Auckland restaurant, Paris Butter, in Herne Bay.

"Last year I had an epiphany - I want to run a restaurant where I cook food I like to eat every day.

Paris Butter will be ingredient-focused, and will be a classic French bistro with a deft touch. For example, on the menu will be 'escargots' but done with Cloudy Bay clams, to add a New Zealand flavour."

Canvas will book out the restaurant exclusively for readers on Tuesday, May 24, with guests enjoying a four-course meal chosen by Nick, with accompanying wines.

During the evening Nick will be in conversation with Canvas editor Michelle Hurley. Tickets are limited, so please book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Hot dinner with Nick Honeyman and Paris Butter
Date: Tuesday, May 24
Time: 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Cost: $110 for a four-course meal and accompanying wines
To book: call Paris Butter: (09) 376 5597 or

Payment will be taken at the time of the booking via Visa, Mastercard and American Express.